My 💯 post - let's make it a good one.
I didn't make Feis Ile 2017 but as soon as I saw what Bunnahabhain were producing I knew I had to have it. Fortunately @the_green_welly_stop had one in stock at a decent price which avoided the additional expense of auctions.
This is a 12Yr (not 13Yr as some people have reported... check the bottling date) peated Moine port finish - I believe aged for 6Yr in bourbon with the remainder in port pipes. It's bottled at 55.6%. After our visit to Bunnahabhain last year (see album) I've been a big fan of this distillery. The Moine Oloroso earlier this year is still my whisky of 2017. Added to my love of port and its fair to say I've got high expectations for this one.
First impressions are that this is a savoury whisky - there are red fruits present, but bitter ones, such as redcurrant. It's the equivalent of enjoying a roast dinner in a pub with an open fire roaring the corner.
Water totally transforms it - the smoke and salt is reduced on the nose which opens up to sweetness in the palate - blackberries and oranges that have been boiled in mulled wine. The finish has a hint of vanilla - creme anglaise with the blackberry dessert?
Very much a dram of two halves, but both very enjoyable. I've got a few more limited edition Bunnahabhain to review over the coming months, including the Moine Rum Finish. In the mean time, this bottle will be stashed away waiting for the temperature to drop. Winter is coming after all... Finally, thank you to everyone who has followed, liked and commented on my posts. Let's see what the next 💯brings